President Donald Trump speaks to servicemembers and families on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
President Donald Trump speaks to servicemembers and families on Osan Air Base, South Korea, Sunday, June 30, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

Good news, bad news for US as alliance with South Korea teeters

by Kim Gamel
Stars and Stripes

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s last-minute decision to extend a U.S.-backed military intelligence sharing pact with Japan was good news for Washington after a week of setbacks on the divided peninsula.

President Moon Jae-in’s office announced the policy reversal on Friday after a concerted push by the United States to save the General Security of Military Intelligence Agreement, or GSOMIA.

Seoul insisted it could change its mind at any time depending on the outcome of future negotiations with Japan over trade and historical disputes.

The move lifted, for the time being, a major irritant in the relationship between South Korea and the United States, which considers the security pact vital for monitoring the growing nuclear threat from North Korea.

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